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I was first introduced to Mod Sun in 2014 when I saw him perform on Vans Warped Tour. When he performed, he brought this upbeat, positive energy that couldn’t be contained. After watching him perform, I was mind-blown. I took a particular interest to how he carries himself. This happy, energetic man with a smile constantly from cheek to cheek. I went home that evening and listened to his 2012 EP “Happy as F**k” on repeat the rest of the night. Then, March of 2015 came. He had just released his debut album “Look Up.” The album ran 15 tracks long, then continued with a 50 minute audiobook split into 5 parts titled “Did I Ever Wake Up?” This audiobook is what solidified my appreciation and love for Mod Sun’s philosophies as well as his music. Mod’s perspective on life is very unique and eye-opening. His stage name is an acronym for “movement on dreams, stand under none.” If you haven’t listened to “Look Up,” listen to it, and you’ll be taken on a spacey, colorful journey.
Mod also has released a series of books in the past few years. Books like “My Dear Pink,” and “Happy to be Here” are books containing stories and poems he has written based on experiences and feelings. Personally, these books have taught me how to express myself and look at things in a more artistic manner. They also taught me how to have a more positive outlook on life as a whole. Ever since seeing
him perform, I have aspired to live my life in a similar way to how Mod Sun goes about living. Simply being more consistently positive, and being able to see the light in the darkest of situations. I know he has had the same impact for thousands of other teenagers and adults.
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His newest album “Movie” released March 3rd, and it shows true development from Mod as an artist. It’s the album his fans have been waiting for. Mod’s new album is revitalizing, revealing, and fun. At first listen, he proved that there is simply no other artist out there like Mod Sun. One of my favorite aspects of this album is the widespread set of emotions and scenarios he presents us with throughout the entire project. Songs like “She Just Wanna Dance,” “Smokin’ What I’m Smokin’ On,” and “Spent All My Money” are catchy anthems. Other songs like “Make Something of Yourself,” “Beautiful Problem,” and “You Are” are more emotional and revealing. His lyrics range from partying with an “I don’t give a f**k” attitude, to talking about deeper, emotional and spiritual experiences. Watching Mod Sun grow as an artist since I first listened to him has been a storied journey, and I’m excited to see where his abilities take him in the future.
Mod Sun also released an accompanying short film titled “Album,” which you can watch here.
Junior at Ball State University studying photojournalism. Lover of music, travel, and photography.